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As a mom I put my daughters on the bus as young teens, secure in the knowledge that they would always end up in downtown if they got mixed up on routes. They developed independence and mobility skills their friends lacked and led "field trips" to Northtown Mall for kids whose parents had not enabled them to develop those skills. They also learned that the world holds people of all shapes, sizes, accents, behaviors, and so on.
One of them is now living in Brooklyn and working a summer job before returning to her junior year of college on Long Island. She'll be able to keep working weekends during the school year because she is confident using the transit it takes to go back and forth.
When we teach kids to use transit we prepare them for the world beyond Spokane. The Plaza contributes to that and is an asset to downtown that needs investment to contribute more.
For those who have concerns about people who aren't exactly like themselves, some of whom face challenges I'm fortunate not to have, I suggest dedicated effort to address solutions to some of those issues. The Plaza doesn't cause a problem such as poverty--in fact, transit is a lifeline.
If you want to help Paul get rolling again, here's how: http://wabikes.org/2014/08/12/help-replace…
If you want to help Paul replace his bike (and get a super-good lock), here's a way: http://wabikes.org/2014/08/12/help-replace…
Would people donate to a bike replacement fund if we set one up through Washington Bike? I say this with some trepidation because we don't have staff capacity to fact-check stories, prevent generous donors being taken advantage of by those who would manipulate, and all the rest, but I want to help.
Or we use one of the existing platforms that allows people to crowdsource donated funds for personal stories and we help amplify that, so it is up to donors to decide and give directly.
Thoughts? If people read this and have a generous response, what next?
The boycott is one form of economic action. Another form it could take would be for everyone to then march down the street to a different bar--one that takes a responsible approach toward serving alcohol, naming its drinks, and monitoring/managing the behavior of its patrons--and spending money there.
That kind of bar is the competitor the bar needs to worry about. I don't own a bar (or a media outlet, for that matter) and I've moved out of Spokane but I still have family and own a house there and hate to see this firestorm associated with our city's name.
It would be great to see the Boycott Facebook page have far more fans than the bar's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Spo…
The people on one side of this are making a clear stand: It's against rape. I have a hard time understanding what the other side thinks it stands for, exactly. What's the next drink to be added--Molesterjitos? Molesteritas?
One more thought for the owners: http://www.spike.com/shows/bar-rescue
A better Facebook page to give a thumbs-up; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Spo…
Additional cause for sadness: They posted this article on Facebook with an all caps "WE MADE THE INLANDER TODAY! YEA! SEE YOU SATURDAY NIGHT SPOKANE!" Think how many won't follow the link and read this piece.
Great stats posted by someone on their page (which amazingly are still there so I could grab them):
"Jaime Cheeka: 55% of female students and 75% of male students involved in acquaintance rape admit to having been drinking or using drugs when the incident occurred.
90% of all campus rapes occur when alcohol has been used by either the assailant or the victim.
As many as 70% of college students admit to having engaged in sexual activity primarily as a result of being under the influence of alcohol, or to having sex they wouldn't have had if they had been sober."
Yet another in the host of reasons that naming an alcoholic beverage (or anything else) for the act of rape is criminally stupid.
I'll give them an A+ for being on top of social media on the defensive side. Within about 5 minutes of me sharing a link to the Jezebel piece http://jezebel.com/tip-definitely-do-not-n… and giving a thumbs-up to comments about how wrong this was, I've been blocked from being able to do anything on the page. I even (shudder) Liked the page to see if that would let me interact, but nope. Unliked at speed of light.
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